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BLUEBERRY BARBECUE MEATBALLS

Simply to make. Glazed , sticky, oven roasted meatballs with a super easy sweet bbq sauce. They require only 2 ingredients. Jam & a barbecue sauce of your choice. I have used blueberry  jam because i had it from last summer but really work great with whatever preserve you have. If you desire you can add chilli  or tabasco , you can add more than 100 gr bbq sauce. Depends on your personal taste. I use more jam because i like  sweet flavors but if you desire more bbq sauce you can add it. No limits for your fantasy. Serve hot with cheese, fry potatoes , rice or simply as an appetizer.1-carne361-carne43-001

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEATBALLS:

1/2 kg ground beef, 300 gr white bread previously soaked in milk and squeezed dry, 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, 1 egg , salt , pepper

1. Heat oven to 200°C /400°F. Line a pan with parchment paper

2. In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Shape mixture with your hands into meatballs. Place in pan.

3. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BBQ SAUCE

1 can (350gr) blueberry jam

100 gr barbecue sauce of your choice

  1. In a large skillet mix well blueberry jam & barbecue sauce
  2. Cook the mixture on low heat until bubbly and looks like dark caramel
  3. Add (previously cooked) meatballs in a single layer. Stir to coat completely
  4. Let cook -always on low heat – for about 4-5 minutes

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Pomegranate cocktail

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Ingredients for 2 persons :

200ml pomegranate juice

200ml champagne or other sparkling wine

100 ml sprite

Juice from 1 fresh orange

Pomegranate arils

Fresh mint

Ice cubes

Method:

1.In a  pitcher combine pomegranate, orange juice & sprite

2 In 2 cocktail glasses  place ice cubes,  pomegranate seeds and the juices+sprite mix

3.Top with champagne or other sparkling wine. You can adjust the wine to your liking.

4. Garnish with orange slices, some mint leaves and enjoy!

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My big fat Greek baklava

Baklava is  a rich, sweet pastry popular in Middle Eastern countries made of layers of phyllo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

Baklava is normally prepared in large pans. Many layers of filo dough, separated with melted butter  are laid in the pan. A layer of chopped nuts—typically walnuts,pistachios or almonds  is placed  on top, then more layers of phyllo.  Most recipes have multiple layers of phyllo and nuts, though some have only top and bottom pastry.

Greek version of baklava is  made with 33 dough layers, referring to the years of Christ’s life. 

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How to cut it in diamond shape (4 steps)

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Repeat the same procedure for all quarters

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Ingredients

Ingredients or the syrup:

2 cup water

2 cup white sugar

1 orange peel

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup honey

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160° C.   In a bowl, melt the butter .
  2. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 33×23 pan.
  3. Process the nuts until in small, even sized pieces. Combine with  cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves powder. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough.Place a sheet of phyllo dough into the pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the phyllo sheet with melted butter. Repeat  more times until you have 10 sheets layered.Sprinkle 2 – 3 tablespoons of nut/almond mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go.Continue to repeat the nut/almond mixture and two buttered sheets of phyllo until the nut mixture is all used up. The top layer should be about 10 sheets deep. With a cuisine scissors cut out all edges of phyllo.
  4. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.  Bake baklava for about 1 hour until the top is golden brown and crisp and the lower phyllo layers beneath the nut/almond mixture are thoroughly baked through. To test this, use a knife to lift up a corner of one of the pastry rectangles from the center of the pan so you can peek at the bottom layers . If the top starts to get too brown before the pastry is cooked through, lay a piece of foil over the top.
  5. .While baking, make the syrup.Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add  orange peel, cinnamon sticks and honey. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon syrup it . Serve at room temperature. 

Roast leg of lamb with mint sauce / Ψητο αρνισιο μπουτακι γαλακτος με γλυκοξινη σαλτσα δυοσμου

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Ingredients for the sauce :                                  

  • 1 bunch mint (chopped)                               2 kg quality leg of lamb,  salt
  • 200 ml white wine vinegar
  • 200 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbs brown sugar

Method:  In a large bowl mix together all ingredients for the sauce ( chopped mint, vinegar, olive oil . brown sugar) Stir to combine.

Score the leg with a knife. With a pastry brush, rub part of the mint mixture all over the leg. Sprinkle all over with salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate.

Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F . Roast for 1 hour – 1 h &15 min for a mediun rare.

Serve with the mint sauce and a fresh Merlot wine.

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The traditional ornamental bread of Cyprus (Festive bread)

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Cyprus bread is more than food, is a religious expression.

Different types of bread are traditionally made for different occasions, weddings , easter , Christmas, communions, baptism.

Dr. Dorita Voskaridou is a researcher, author and founder of the Decorated Breads of Cyprus museum in Limassol.

Dorita’s book “To Ploumisto Psomi tis Kyprou” (The Decorated Bread of Cyprus)  is a collection of historical and personal testimonies. Decorative breads for every occasion, based on various village designs have been re-worked by this talented lady.

 All the symbols came from the ancient times when people used to believe in 12 gods. There are symbols from ancient Greek pots. From excavations we then find the same symbols in bread.

There were Byzantine shapes and influences. Women in villages see icons of churches which inspire them to go home and make the bread. Every village has different kinds of symbols and every woman has a different, very personal style, for example one village may have the same symbol but each woman makes something different. Every woman has her own aesthetic.

Bread is the king of the house in Cyprus proverbs. It is very important still and is the main nutritional ingredient in our culture. In Cyprus’ popular traditions, bread on the table symbolised Jesus Christ himself. So nobody gets up from the table until the bread has been removed. The bread has to move first away from table, says Dorita Voskaridou

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I tried to reproduce one of these ancient and full of tradition shapes. I have no idea if it is a wedding, communion or easter bread. I choose it for the presence of the cross and the X of Xrist. (Χριστος in Greek language). So i think perfect for Xristmas.

Follow the instructions step by step. You will need 33 dough cords and a good amount of sesame seeds. Isn’t  difficult as appears. Crunchy texture , delicate flavor. Enjoy a Merry Xristmas!1-pasta851-pasta86

  1. 500  bread flour
  2. 250ml  warm water
  3.  1/2 tablespoon dried yeast
  4.  2 teaspoons  sugar
  5.  1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • In a large bowl combine flour, olive oil, yeast and sugar. Add the water & salt. Mix well
  • Knead the dough until is smooth and elastic. ( If the dough seems a little stiff add 1-2 tbsp water)
  • Place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Leave to rise for 1 hour
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knock back the dough by gently kneading just few min. You only want to knock out any large air bubbles
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.  Now mould the dough into a 33 thin cords as in the pictures. Follow carefully the step by step instructions. Seal ends by pressing down firmly with your fingertips. Brushing with water, then sprinkling with sesame seeds
  • Heat oven to 180°C / 350°
  • Bake for 25-30 mins until golden
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Wild boar ragù with pappardelle/Ραγου αγριογουρουνο με παπαρδελες

A traditional recipe of Tuscany (a region in central Italy) is wild boar ragù with pappardelle (Ragù di cinghiale con pappardelle).

Boars are highly widespread throughout the region, especially in the Maremma, where it has became a local symbol. In Tuscany, wild boar hunting is both a tradition and a passion.

With pasta or in a stew, there are countless Tuscan specialties made with wild boar and you can taste them all at many food festivals (sagre del cinghiale), maybe accompanied by some other local delicacies, such as “tortelli” or “pappardelle” . Here  a 4 steps recipe from “Jamie’s Italy” cook book by Jamie Oliver. Enjoy with a fresh red “Chianti lo Sterpo”

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Sugo di Cinghiale di Mercatello (Jamie Oliver recipe)

2 1/4 lb wild boar cubed, trimmed of fat and sinew
2 large carrots, peeled
2 onions, peeled
6 stalks of celery
a handful of sage leaves
1 tsp juniper berries
1 bottle red wine
4 pieces of pancetta, black olives
2 – 3 small dried chilies, to taste
1 1 1/2 lb tomato puree
olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground pepper

1.Put the meat into a large sealable bag. Roughly chop half of the carrots, onions, and celery. Add to the meat in the bag. Bash up the sage with the juniper berries and toss with the meat and vegetables.Season with salt and pepper. Pour in half of the bottle of wine, topping up with water if necessary. Seal and place in a large bowl in the refrigerator overnight.

2.Remove the meat from the marinade, discarding the liquid and vegetables. Decide how you wish to serve your sauce and cut the meat accordingly

3.Heat a splash of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Fry the pancetta and chili until the pancetta is golden and crisp. Chop the remaining carrot, celery, and onion, add to the pan, and cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat to high and add the meat to the pan. Cook until nearly all of the liquid has cooked off – this takes some time but will intensify the flavours.

4.Pour in the remaining wine. Stir together and continue cooking until; the liquid has nearly gone, then add the tomato sauce, black olives and a little water (if necessary). Season well with salt and pepper,  turn the heat to low, simmer gently for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, adding more water if the sauce gets too thick.

Cook pappardelle in boiling salted water, drain it, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding a little of the reserved cooking liquid. Divide it amongst the plates and sprinkle with Parmesan.   Enjoy with a fresh “Chianti lo Sterpo” red wine from Tuscany.

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A.Put the meat into a large sealable bag. ( I use a large Pyrex glass bowl). Roughly chop half of the carrots, onions, and celery. Add to the meat in the bag. Bash up the sage with the juniper berries and toss with the meat and vegetables.Season with salt and pepper. Pour in half of the bottle of wine, topping up with water if necessary. Seal and place in a large bowl in the refrigerator overnight.

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B.Heat a splash of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Fry the pancetta and chili until the pancetta is golden and crisp. Chop the remaining carrot, celery, and onion, add to the pan, and cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.

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C.Turn the heat to high and add the meat to the pan. Cook until nearly all of the liquid has cooked off – this takes some time but will intensify the flavours.

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D. Pour in the remaining wine. Stir together and continue cooking until; the liquid has nearly gone, then add the tomato sauce, black olives and a little water (if necessary). Season well with salt and pepper, turn the heat to low, simmer gently for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, adding more water if the sauce gets too thick.

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Great food in a typical Florence taverna

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Super food multivitamin salad – Turmeric & ginger dressing

Colorful veggies, berries, walnuts full of vitamins & minerals,  low in calories,  no cholesterol nutri – salad. A delicious way to nourish your body with natural vitamins. Dress all with two of the healthiest & antiflammatory spices  on earth: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) & Ginger (Gingiber officinale). You only have to add lime juice , honey and olive oil. 1-cucina 632-0014-cucina 6371-cucina 629-002

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SUPER FOOD MULTIVITAMIN SALAD

Ingredients for 2 persons: 1 avocado , blueberries 1 cup,  arugula 2 large handfuls, 2 cups shredded purple cabbage,  walnuts.

Cut the avocado into quarters. In a large bowl mix arugula and purple cabbage with the rest of  ingredients together. If you desire you can add some pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds.

Pour desired amount of turmeric & ginger dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated. Enjoy with your heart ! Bon appétit ❤

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Blueberries fresh cheese crostini

Very easy , quick & healthy snack for kids . Rich in fibers, vit K , vit C . vit B6 , vit E , vit A , selenium , anthocyanin , potassium , copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial substance), magnesium , phosphorus , manganese , calcium

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Ingredients:

  •  French baguette or other bread of your choise
  • Goat cheese (but you can use any creamy fresh cheese such ricotta,  robiola, Philadelphia, stracchino, creamy blue cheese  etc. )
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Herbs of your choise (rosemary , mint , thym . basil )
  • Honey

Method:

  • Cut the baguette from side to side or into thin slices
  • Lightly toast it in the oven
  •  Spread it – with a spatula or knife – with fresh cheese
  • Top with fresh blueberries , honey & chopped herbs
  • Enjoy this union of creamy flavors, blue sweetness & magical scents from nature ❤ !

Blueberries are heart healthy , brain & immunity boosters, cancer fighters. Keep your eyes healthy, low in calories (1 cup of blueberries=85 calories). Rich in fibers

 


BASIL FLATBREAD CRACKERS

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SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, SEPTEMBER 2010

A mix of chopped and whole fresh basil transforms ordinary crackers into herb-infused snacks.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, plus 40 whole basil leaves
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten for egg wash

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse flour, chopped basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add cream; pulse until dough forms.

  2. Briefly knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; shape into rectangles, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Roll out 1 piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a very thin rectangle (about 12 by 16 inches). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Press 10 whole basil leaves into top.

  4. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool. Repeat 3 times with remaining dough, egg wash, salt, and whole basil leaves. Break into individual crackers using your hands.

COOK’S NOTES

Crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

 

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Bacon wrapped beef muscle

1-CARNE74-CARNE121-CARNE3Ingredients:  2 beef muscle fillets 2 inches thick –  butter  1 tbs  – 4 slices thick-cut bacon -salt – pepper – asparagus – peas – edible  flowers of your choice

Method: Preheat the oven to 400 ° F

  1. Generously salt & pepper both sides of muscle
  2. Wrap it with a strip of bacon , secure it with a lenght of kitchen string
  3. Heat a large oven safe skillet over medium – high heat. Add butter. When melted, add the fillets , now sear for about 2 min per side until you get a nice crust. Then turn fillet on the bacon side and roll it  for a minute more.
  4. Place the skillet directly into the oven. Roast 5-6 minutes each side for medium rare.  Adjust cooking time for desired doneness.
  5. When fillets are done , remove from the oven , cover with  alluminium foil and let them  rest for 5-10 minutes. This tip give to juices time to  redistribute evenly throughout the meat.
  6. Serve with  grilled asparagus , grilled peas , edible flowers of your choice and a fresh glass of  Brunello di Montalcino (red) wine.

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“El diablo” cocktail

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Ingredients:

  1. 1½ oz tequila
  2. ½ oz crème de cassis
  3. ½ oz lime juice
  4. ginger beer 2- 3 oz
  5. lime wedge
  6. Ice

Method: Add tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Fine-strain into an ice-filled  glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedges

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Salami & cheese bread/ Ψωμι με σαλαμι και τυρια/ Pane con salame e formaggi

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SALAMI & CHEESE BREAD

Ingredients: 500 gr flour for bread – 300ml water – 150 gr salami cut into cubes- 150 gr mix of provolone , cacciocavalo , cheddar (cubes) – 3 tbs olive oil – 10 gr fast action yeast – 2 teaspoon salt

Method: Preheat oven to 375 °F. Grease and line a loaf pan with baking parchment

  1. Into a large bowl sift together flour , salt  , yeast , oil, water -until dough is formed
  2. Knead the dough for 20min , add cheese & salami cubes and form it into a ball
  3. Let it rise for 2 hours in a warm place until doubled in size
  4. After 2 hours knead it again for 10 min . Place it on the baking parchment & let it rise again for 1 hour
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Beetroot croquettes- Kροκετες παντζαρι- Croquettes di barbabietola

If your kids don’eat enough veggies , try with this colorfull recipe ! Rich in acid folic , vit A , B, C , calcium, iron, manganese,  potassium ,  copper , magnesium , fiber , proteins

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Ingredients for 10 croquettes :

1 cooked beetroot – 300gr feta (cheese made in Greece  from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk)

2 eggs – gluten free breadcrumb

Method:

In a large bowl mash up the beetroot & feta using a fork or an immersion blender.

Add 1 or 2 tbsp breadcrumb  until mixture is solid. Roll it into balls and place onto a  plate. Refrigerate for 20- 30 min  to firm up.

 Then dip them,  first in beaten eggs and then into breadcrumbs.
Repeat this procedure one more time until well coated
Deep fry into hot oil (180 ° C /350° F) until golden.
Drain on kitchen paper. Serve the croquettes on a bed of fresh green salad.
Delicious , colorfull , healthy gift from nature rich in folic acid.

 

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Celeriac chips (oven roasted)- Τραγανα τσιπς σελινοριζας – chips di sedano rapa

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Ingredients:

1 celeriac peeled and cut into chips

4 tbs olive oil , salt , paprika

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C  (392°F)

Place the celeriac chips on a baking sheet

Drizzle over the olive oil , salt , paprika

Stir it all together

Roast chips for about 20 min or until are golden and crispy

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Raw Celeriac salad / Σελινοριζα / Sedano rapa

Celeriac is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, hypocotyl, and shoots. It is sometimes called celery root 

It is edible raw or cooked, and tastes similar to the stalks (the upper part of the stem) of common celery cultivars. Celeriac may be roasted, stewed, blanched, or mashed. Sliced celeriac occurs as an ingredient in soups, casseroles, and other savory dishes.

Celeriac is very low in calories. 100 g root holds just 42 calories, good source of vitamin K and  essential minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese

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1 cereliac root , 1 apple , 1 orange , arugula , olive oil , apple cider vinegar

Wash the root under fresh water . Peel it with a potato peeler. Cut it  into thin, uniform matchsticks (julienne)

In a large bowl mix arugula , orange slices , apple cubes , celeriac julienne . Add olive oil and  apple vinegar.  Mix well and enjoy a dish full of vitamins A, B , C , K*,  coumarins, essential minerals such as phosphorus**, copper iron, calcium,  and manganese.

**Phosphorus is required for cell metabolism, maintaining blood buffer system, bone and teeth formation. Copper helps restore immunity, prevents anemia, and required for bone metabolism.

*Vit K  improve bone mineralization by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. Research studies suggest that it also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain

Celeriac, (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum), Fresh,
Nutrient value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 42 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.20 g 7%
Protein 1.5 g 3%
Total Fat 0.30 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g 5%
Vitamins
Folates 8 µg 2%
Niacin 0.700 mg 4%
Pantothenic acid 0.352 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.165 mg 13%
Riboflavin 0.060 mg 5%
Thiamin 0.050 mg 4%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin C 8 mg 13%
Vitamin E 0.36 mg 2%
Vitamin K 41 µg 34%
Electrolytes
Sodium 100 mg 6.5%
Potassium 300 mg 6.5%
Minerals
Calcium 43 mg 4.3%
Copper 0.070 mg 8%
Iron 0.70 mg 9%
Magnesium 20 mg 5%
Manganese 0.158 mg 7%
Phosphorus 115 mg 16%
Zinc 0.33 mg 3%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 0 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 1 µg

Herb laminated fresh pasta / Λαμιναρισμενα διφυλλα ζυμαρικα με βοτανα/ Pasta fresca laminata con erbe

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    Aromatic fennel + purple cabbage

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                                    4 eggs , fresh herbs ( sage , thyme , aromatic fennel , chives, marjoram,

                                   basil , parsley , dill , tarracon , rosemary , mint etc )

Method: Step by step  home made fresh pasta instructions (with photos)                          

  1. Mix together flour with eggs until ball is formed.
  2. Knead dough until is smooth (about 10 min)
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 15 min
  4. Divide your dough into 6 equal parts
  5. Use the pasta machine to roll each piece of the dough until it is thin as possible (adjusting machine to thinner settings after every pass and dusting with flour if sticky , until pasta sheet is thick – setting 9 on most machines).
  6. Place the first 3 pasta sheets in a single layer on a lightly floured surface .
  7. Now spread your herbs on pasta .Use the remaining 3 sheets to cover the others (pic3)Gently press together to hold the leaves  in place.
  8. Pass these doubled sheets through the roller (pic 4) starting with setting # 6 , until sheets and herbs are well pressed together
  9. Cut your laminated pasta as you want (Cannelloni , lasagna, tagliatelle , pappardelle etc).
  10. Bring a large saucepan  with water to a boil. Add the salt and the pasta. Cook until al dente ( 5 minutes )

Serve with fresh oil or butter

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No fry fries-Extra crispy sweet potatoes / Patate dolci croccanti/Τραγανες γλυκοπατατες

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Ingredients:

  • 2 washed & unpeeled sweet potatoes (you can leave the skin on – it adds nutrition & a nice texture) and cut into sticks
  • 2 tabs cornstarch
  • paprica-  black pepper- onion powder – garlic powder – oregano- olive oil – salt

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400 °F)
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Put potatoes in a plastic bag, toss with cornstarch. Blow a little air into the bag, twist the top and shake it vigorously
  • Now place sticks into a bowl , add 3 tbs olive oil , onion & garlic powder , paprica , black pepper . Mix all together with your hands
  • Line the sticks into the sheet
  • Bake for about 20 min.   Once bottom of fries are getting crisp, flip them over and cook for another 20 minutes.
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Spiced red wine poached pears cream filled/ Γεμιστα αχλαδια ποσε’ σε κοκκινο κρασι με μπαχαρικα/Pere ripiene di crema al vino rosso speziato

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Poached pears in spiced red wine ( filled with mascarpone cream)

Ingredients:

  • A.  3 pears (peeled-stalk intact) , 1 bottle red wine , 250 gr sugar , 2 cinnamon sticks , 2 star anise , orange & lemon peel
  • B.  For mascarpone cream : 100 gr mascarpone (or Philadelphia cheese) , 1 tbs honey, cinnamon . chopped walnuts (optional)

Method:

  • Put all ingredients (A) except the pears  in a saucepan just large enough to hold the fruits and bring to a boil
  • Place the pears into the wine mixture then simmer uncovered for about 40-45 min. or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Transfer pears to a bowl and continue to boil the poaching liquid until reduced to half (about 20 min. until is thickens)
  • Now use an apple corer to scoop out the seeds and fill the pears center with the mascarpone cream

Mascarpone cream: Combine mascarpone or Philadelphia , honey , cinnamon , chopped walnuts into a bowl . Mix until smooth and creamy

 Ways to serve poached pears :

1.You can serve it  with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream , greek yogurt , whipped cream.

2.In a dish or in a glass put pears and some mulled wine (or other liquor 80 proof and above ⇒40% alcohol by volume) and apply a flame to the liquor. We recommend a long lighter. Before you light the drink, remove any alcohol you don’t want to catch fire from the area.

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Mulled wine / Vin brulè / Ζεστο αρωματικο κρασι

Mulled wine  is an ancient drink  which has survived to modern times.  Usually made with red wine and various  spices and fruits.Mulled wines have a long history. In medieval times these wines were called Ypocras or Hipocris, named after the Greek physician Hippocrates. They were thought to be very healthy, and indeed, with wine at the time being far more sanitary than water, these heated drinks probably did keep people healthy through the cold winters.

Mulled wine reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and gets rid of the bad stuff, which can significantly prevent heart disease and clogged arteries. It also contains tannin, which performs an anti-viral action by attacking the protein of viruses, making it highly effective in fighting off colds and ‘flu.

Cinnamon has anti- inflammatory properties ,is very effective against ‘flu symptoms. Lowers blood sugar levels

Cloves are anti-parasitic ,they have powerful anti-bacterial properties.

Lemon and orange are antiseptic and high in vit C

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Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine (not sparkling), 200gr sugar , 2 cinnamon sticks, grated nutmeg, 1 orange (juice and peel) , 1 lemon (peel only), 5 cloves, 2 star anise

Feel free to use your favorite fruits and spices ( clementines, apples, limes, ginger , pepercorns etc)

Method: 

Peel the skin of the orange and lemon

  • Put the wine in a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients (peels .fruits , spices and sugar)
  • Squeeze the  orange to get the juice and add it to the wine
  • Heat gently until sugar has dissolved.
  • Bring to boil and cook for 5 min. Stir constantly until it becomes a beautiful thick syrup
  • Ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve with a cinnamon stick1-christmas 2015271-1-christmas 201521 (2)hippocras-recipe1
  • Recipes for Hippocras (odiern Mulled wine) from a manuscript c.1530. Add.Mss. 36542 f.2a. Reproduced by permission of the British Library.

Quinoa salad /σαλατα κινòα(κουινòα)/Insalata di quinoa

A super food dish -gluten free – and  rich of proteins , calcium , Vit A, vit K , vit C , fibers , antioxidants1-CUCINA 4501-CUCINA 4491-CUCINA 4511-1-CUCINA 468
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Ingredients:  Quinoa 1 cup , Swiss chard , spring onions, purple cabbage , pomegranate , toasted and chopped dried fruits (nuts, pistachios , almonds etc)

Method: Prepare quinoa by using 2 parts of water to 1 part of quinoa

(1 cup  quinoa + 2 cups  water) Add quinoa , water and salt to a pot and bring to boil for about 15 min. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients : chopped vegetables (swiss chard , spring onios, purple cabbage) quinoa , pomegranate seeds , toasted dried fruits

In a small bottle whisk together the olive oil , apple vinegar and salt.

Top with dressing1-CUCINA 467

1 cup of boiled quinoa , or 180 gr , contains :

  • Protein: 8 grams.
  • Fiber: 5 grams.
  • Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 19% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 18% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 15% of the RDA.
  • Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
  • Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
  • Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.

 

1 cup of Swiss Chard , or 175 grams,  contains:
Calories: 35
GI: very low
NutrientDRI/DV

vitamin K636%

vitamin A60%

vitamin C42%

magnesium38%

copper32%

manganese29%

potassium27%

vitamin E22%

iron22%

fiber15%

choline12%

vitamin B212%

calcium10%

vitamin B69%

phosphorus8%

protein7%

pantothenic acid6%

zinc5%

vitamin B15%

vitamin B34%

folate4%

selenium3%


Pistachio crusted rack of lamb /Καρε’ αρνακι με κρουστα φυστικι/ Carrè di agnello in crosta di pistacchi

1-christmas 2015151-christmas 201513-0011-1-Collage191-christmas 201514-0021-christmas 201516Ingredients: 1 rack of lamb , thyme , lavander ,rosemary, salt , black pepper , 1 cup chopped pistachio , 50 gr melted butter , mustard, oil 1 cup

Method: Preheat oven to 400° F (200°C)

1.Mix all herbs (fine chopped) , salt , pepper and melted butter -all together. Season lamb with the mix

2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook lamb on all sides until is brown.Take meat off the heat

3.Spread mustard on a rack and put pistachio on top of mustard

4. Bake it until crusty (about 20- 25 min)

Serve with blue potato mash , grated tangerine peel and fresh “Villa Antinori Rosso” wine 1-christmas 201510-001

Blue potato mash

Ingredients: 4 blue potatoes “Vitelotte” , 200 gr Philadelphia cheese,

  100 ml hot milk , herbs , salt 

Method: Place potatoes in a saucepot. Cover with water and bring to boil.

Cook until tender.

Slice the potatoes in half  and remove the peel

Stir in the hot milk , Philadelphia , chopped herbs  and mash everything together well, until you have  a smooth and homogeneous violet mash.  Season to taste

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Sandwich crispy hot prosciutto crudo – Creamy cheddar – Crunchy purple cabbage

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Roasted purple cabbage

Ingredients: 1 purple cabbage – gorgonzola (or another blue cheese . roquefort etc) – walnuts – pesto – olive oil1-CUCINA 415   1-1-CUCINA 4201-CUCINA 4191-CUCINA 4141-CUCINA 411-0021-CUCINA 4211-cab-001